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Thursday, May 15, 2008


When I was a young boy, I couldn't stay away from fire - there is some allure for boys. Playing with fire is not a metaphor, but a real activity. We got matches, we tried rubbing sticks, we lit grass clumps from mowed lawns with magnifying glasses. And I became a Boy Scout - one of the benefits was that it legitimized using fire - what's camping without a campfire? We were just mesmerized by fire and flames.
The photo was taken on Carmine Street in the Village. It was a practice session involving members of CERT - Community Emergency Response Team - neighborhood and community-based volunteers that undergo an intensive, 11-week training program in disaster preparedness and basic response skills. Volunteers took turns putting out a small fire. The billowing flames in the evening light was quite a spectacle.
But, regardless of the merits of the program, everyone observing was drawn by the mesmerizing effect of those flames.
Whenever I see firemen, I always feel that somewhere in there is a little boy who never outgrew his interest in fire; just transmuted it into a profession. Good for all concerned, n'est-ce pas?


Beth said...

I don't think it's just a thing for boys- I know I carried a packet of matches with me everywhere I went for a very long time (and no, I wasn't smoking!).

It's all good, though.

Dogeared said...

A flame is mesmerising, yes. I've been reading your Blog for a week or so now, by the way - great photos! You would have loved the huge bonfire I saw, last Bonfire Night. It was a village show, and they built a stage outside, to put on a show. Then fireworks followed, before they burnt down the outdoor stage - it was huge! Give me a second, and I'll post the photo and leave a link :-)

I linked to you in my 12 of 12 challenge post, in case you got any random new readers!

Dogeared said...

This is the permalink -

I gave you another shout out, so my other photo friends can find you :D

Just Roaming The Cities said...

Good fire shot! Did you see mine from yesterday?

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is an intense photograph. I like the way it turned out.

marley said...

Great photo! I too had/have a thing about fire and flames - its magical. (I'm not a pyromaniac!)

Husac said...

Interesting shot!
You can use my photos for free at - all of them are taken by me and made Public Domain ; hope you enjoy them!

Cheers, Husac!